Padres CEO: “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to”

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There’s been some speculation linking Bud Black to various managerial and front office openings, but Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad attempted to shut down those rumors yesterday by saying that “Bud Black can manage this club as long as he wants to, he’s a perfect skipper for the Padres in the near term as well as the long term.”

Black has a .478 winning percentage and just two winning since seasons since leaving his job as Angels pitching coach to become the Padres’ manager in 2007, but San Diego’s talent and payroll limitations obviously play a big role in that sub-.500 mark and he’s the reigning NL Manager of the Year.

Black declined to comment when asked about his interest in other jobs and according to Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune no teams have requested the Padres’ permission to speak to him yet. General manager Jed Hoyer also declined to comment on what he called “media speculation.”

Sullivan reports that the Padres would likely block Black from speaking to other teams about a lateral move to manager, but would allow him to discuss “a potential promotion” to GM. And with two years remaining on his Padres contract and another two team options after that, Black probably isn’t going anywhere.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.